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Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 646
Posted By staehpj1

Fitting everything in two front rollers plus tent...

Fitting everything in two front rollers plus tent on rack doesn't require much of anything special. I managed that kind of volume before I was even packing what I really consider ultralight without...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 833
Posted By staehpj1

Too bad. What are you thinking now? FWIW, I...

Too bad. What are you thinking now? FWIW, I have not found there is always a close correlation between price and how well I have liked a tent. Some of my favorites over the years have been fairly...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 04:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,279
Posted By staehpj1

Wow I am Impressed. I didn't expect it to open...

Wow I am Impressed. I didn't expect it to open this year when I saw the original pictures of the slide.
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,238
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks. That gives me something to consider when...

Thanks. That gives me something to consider when I next purchase tires, which may not be soon since I have some new spares around and have not been riding much..
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,238
Posted By staehpj1

How many miles would you estimate you had on...

How many miles would you estimate you had on them? Five months could be good to terrible longevity IME depending on the mileage. Same for number of punctures. Everyone has different standards. I...
Forum: Touring
04-06-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By staehpj1

Actually lots of little low knobs roll better...

Actually lots of little low knobs roll better than fewer larger higher ones. Not like a slick but closer. Something like the Kenda Slant Six rolls pretty well on pavement if you want/need knobs for...
Forum: Touring
03-30-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,294
Posted By staehpj1

As I age I am finding that more and more true. ...

As I age I am finding that more and more true. Memory is a very weird thing.
Forum: Touring
03-30-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 833
Posted By staehpj1

I am not sure I understand your logic or the...

I am not sure I understand your logic or the point you are making here, but if the tent you have is as good of a tent as the venerable and well tested Timberline you should be fine.

There may be a...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,294
Posted By staehpj1

For sure it isn't super heavy. Looking back I...

For sure it isn't super heavy. Looking back I have to wonder why I bought into the idea that it was outdated all those decades ago.

BTW, my 123 was used but in good shape from a flea market in...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,294
Posted By staehpj1

Are you weighing the whole only the burner for...

Are you weighing the whole only the burner for the SVEA? If I weighed the whole stove mine was heavier than my Whisperlite even with a large 20 oz. bottle. Still reasonable enough though.
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,294
Posted By staehpj1

Some sealed drinking alcohol is okay according to...

Some sealed drinking alcohol is okay according to the TSA, but there are limitations. I just read the TSA site and the limit is 140 proof (70%). So yea, no Everclear. 140 proof will burn, but is...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,294
Posted By staehpj1

Yea, I have a 123 as well that I still like and...

Yea, I have a 123 as well that I still like and use for certain trips (haven't used it on a bike tour). It is a great little stove. Some time years ago I stopped using it because it was "outdated"....
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 04:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 833
Posted By staehpj1

I'll just add that I used what I am pretty sure...

I'll just add that I used what I am pretty sure was a low end UE coated polyester tent early in my touring career. Mine was a crazy heavy dome tent. Three of us were sharing it for 73 days on the...
Forum: Touring
03-28-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,294
Posted By staehpj1

Just for fun I searched for Heet on Walmart. site...

Just for fun I searched for Heet on Walmart. site for a California location and the Yellow bottle stuff I use showed as in stock for $1.58 per 12 ounce bottle with 7 in stock at that randomly...
Forum: Touring
03-28-21, 06:02 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,294
Posted By staehpj1

I hadn't heard of this and have not yet really...

I hadn't heard of this and have not yet really researched it, but a quick google search for "bans on the sale of denatured alcohol" brought of a lot of hits for the California ban. A quick read made...
Forum: Touring
03-27-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,294
Posted By staehpj1

I still love my alcohol stove when and where fire...

I still love my alcohol stove when and where fire bans are not in place.
Forum: Touring
03-22-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,297
Posted By staehpj1

Seems highly likely. Should be an easy fix, but...

Seems highly likely. Should be an easy fix, but don't over tighten. I agree with those wo say to ask someone to show you how if in doubt.
Forum: Touring
03-20-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,390
Posted By staehpj1

Many of towns I have camped in were small enough...

Many of towns I have camped in were small enough not to have a cop. What you say there is important. I ask if they think anyone would bother me. I don't put them on the spot by asking for...
Forum: Touring
03-20-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,390
Posted By staehpj1

Parties in campgrounds? Can't say I remember...

Parties in campgrounds? Can't say I remember witnessing too many while touring or even any really unless you count folks sitting around a fire talking a bit too loud or maybe playing a guitar or...
Forum: Touring
03-19-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,390
Posted By staehpj1

I would note that location has some impact on how...

I would note that location has some impact on how well that works. I have found that works best in the middle of the country and less well as you get closer to the coasts, also better in small towns...
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,390
Posted By staehpj1

I camp in a variety of sites. Some are actual...

I camp in a variety of sites. Some are actual campgrounds, some are improvised, Of the improvised, some are in plain sight and some require stealth. I only use stealth if necessary and as a last...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,199
Posted By staehpj1

I suspect that I'd really like it, if I could get...

I suspect that I'd really like it, if I could get stretched out enough. I always kind of lusted after some of the mini velos. I kind of like a twitchy ride. I remember seeing a break apart Dahon...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,238
Posted By staehpj1

I thought 32mm was pretty much a standard road...

I thought 32mm was pretty much a standard road touring size. I tour on much narrower, but tour ultralight. When I packed heavier 32mm was what I used.

FWIW, I'd suggest that you allow plenty of...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 05:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,199
Posted By staehpj1

Your experience may be different, but... The...

Your experience may be different, but...

The folders I have ridden suffered badly from two problems. First the tall masts made the bike flex like crazy and second I was not able to get a cockpit...
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,439
Posted By staehpj1

The BV models are nicer any way for a number of...

The BV models are nicer any way for a number of reasons so just as well that the garcia ones are harder to source there.

​​​​​​​Sounds like you have a handle on the relevant factors that will...
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,439
Posted By staehpj1

I own a Garcia and a BV450. I have never toured...

I own a Garcia and a BV450. I have never toured with either. I most often use the BV450 when backpacking and usually limit myself to trips where I can resupply with it's capacity range. I am getting...
Forum: Touring
03-14-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,186
Posted By staehpj1

Maybe. I have had the opposite problem though. I...

Maybe. I have had the opposite problem though. I was riding a bike with 32 spoke 700 cm rims and was unable to source a rim that suited me without ordering and waiting. I was on tour and in a...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,186
Posted By staehpj1

I think it is a factor. For some mayne not much...

I think it is a factor. For some mayne not much of one for others a bigger one, depending in part on the usage and conditions. Before discs were popular I never complained about wearing rims out...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,186
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I have ridden place where you could descend...

Yeah, I have ridden place where you could descend 5000' without braking. I have also ridden where the turns were super tight or the surface really bad and speed needed to be kept low.

Depends on...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,294
Posted By staehpj1

Fire bans vary with the locale, but most places I...

Fire bans vary with the locale, but most places I am familiar with do not allow any stove that doesn't have a shut off valve. That rules out most alcohol stoves and any wood stoves that I know of. ...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,186
Posted By staehpj1

I have done a lot of muddy riding off road with...

I have done a lot of muddy riding off road with rim brakes and a good bit with discs as well most of it MTB-ing and not as much touring. I have has issues with worn out pads on tour and replace pads...
Forum: Touring
03-10-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,074
Posted By staehpj1

That raises another point. I found that while a...

That raises another point. I found that while a compass was a great tool when hiking, sailing, or even riding off road, I pretty much never use one when riding on the road. I guess the sun, distant...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,460
Posted By staehpj1

Yep. Folks need to be with the program for a...

Yep. Folks need to be with the program for a group to function well. FWIW, I have found that folks failing to be ready at the appointed times can also be a problem with group activities. The group...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,460
Posted By staehpj1

I am exactly like that group. Enjoying the...

I am exactly like that group. Enjoying the places on the trip along the way it is usually done during stops during the day. Stays with folks who offer hospitality is the exception, but even there I...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,074
Posted By staehpj1

It is nice to have options. These days we have...

It is nice to have options. These days we have many including paper which I too still like to use on the bike throughout the day.
Forum: Touring
03-06-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
Posted By staehpj1

I agree that I am in a fairly small minority, but...

I agree that I am in a fairly small minority, but there are others doing the same or similar. It is doable and can provide reasonable comfort with practice. I really don't find I am giving up much...
Forum: Touring
03-06-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
Posted By staehpj1

I didn't mention that I use a tarp bivy combo and...

I didn't mention that I use a tarp bivy combo and deal with bugs fine. I use a variety of combos ranging from about 14 ounces to about 20 ounces or a little more depending on a variety of factors....
Forum: Touring
03-05-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
Posted By staehpj1

I don't know about most folks, but I have been...

I don't know about most folks, but I have been able to for road and mixed on/off road tours. Where it gets iffy is if you go where you need to carry food and or water for longer stretches, Then the...
Forum: Touring
03-05-21, 06:37 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,460
Posted By staehpj1

I never found it to be an issue. I seem to be...

I never found it to be an issue. I seem to be either riding, eating, sleeping, or doing the chores necessary for those to happen the majority of the time. I fill in the gaps talking to the locals,...
Forum: Touring
03-04-21, 05:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
Posted By staehpj1

Possible? Sure, but it depends on some factors...

Possible? Sure, but it depends on some factors that I am not clear on your needs.
I personally count my tool wedge and few spares in the bike weight so I'll round up your bikes to 25#. That leaves...
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,915
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like you already bought what you want, but...

Sounds like you already bought what you want, but I pipe up with some comments. You may of may not find some of this is true for you as you go along in your touring career.

The weekend vs cross...
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,531
Posted By staehpj1

Just an observation... In the interest of the...

Just an observation...
In the interest of the arbitrary collecting of states as a goal you miss many interesting regions completely. You miss the beauty of the Pacific coat, the MI upper peninsula,...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,035
Posted By staehpj1

Depends on the rules... The southern states would...

Depends on the rules... The southern states would be the fastest and easiest. Starting in the east you could just follow US-90 as far as it went and generally head west from there. Your 6-8 month...
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,531
Posted By staehpj1

What kind of riding are you looking for? Here...

What kind of riding are you looking for? Here near Tallahassee there is the St Marks Trail if you want a rail trail. it is a 30 ish mile round trip that has some options that can be extended. The...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,446
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, Given those costs I'd take my bike. On the...

Yeah, Given those costs I'd take my bike. On the other hand with different countries and different trips costs can vary a lot. T charges can be higher and can be per hop. The person mat be flying...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,446
Posted By staehpj1

One other option... Buy a modestly priced bike...

One other option... Buy a modestly priced bike there. Price it all out and decide. One friend spent enough in baggage fees to just about break even on buying a low end bike and depending on the...
Forum: Touring
02-19-21, 06:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,112
Posted By staehpj1

I have seen quite a few places where they do that...

I have seen quite a few places where they do that for what seems like the only purpose was to climb a huge hill for no apparent reason.

One BIG advantage of ACA maps is the listing of services,...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,112
Posted By staehpj1

I guess that is true if you consider your phone...

I guess that is true if you consider your phone another map. Depending on where I am I have bothered to pick up state maps as I go or not. Never found it to be a problem when I didn't



Folks...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,112
Posted By staehpj1

West of the Mississippi in most places you can...

West of the Mississippi in most places you can ride the interstate where there isn't an alternate route. How a cop will interpret that may vary, but cops rode by me in places where it may have been...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 06:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,112
Posted By staehpj1

Adventure Cycling maps are great if they go...

Adventure Cycling maps are great if they go somewhere that you want to go. They don't always choose the roads that I would so I sometimes deviate from them in places. I often pick up a paper map...
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